A new species of African Forest Robin from Gabon (Passeriformes

Muscicapidae: Stiphrornis)

Brian K. Schmidt, Jeffrey T Foster, George R. Angehr, Kate L. Durrant, Robert C. Fleischer

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Abstract

We describe a new species of forest robin from the Gamba Complex in southwest Gabon. This common bird, Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus sp. nov., inhabits primary lowland forest and forages on or near the ground like the other members of the genus Stiphrornis of central and western Africa. Unique phenotypic features of the new species include the male's bright orange chin, throat, and breast, creamy yellow belly, olive green back and rump, and gray flanks. Mitochondrial sequence divergence corroborates our assessment based on its distinct physical characteristics that this is a new species, and suggest that Stiphrornis erythrothorax is likely the most closely related congener.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalZootaxa
Issue number1850
StatePublished - Aug 15 2008

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Muscicapidae
Gabon
Passeriformes
new species
forage
throat
rump
primary forests
Central Africa
back (body region)
lowland forests
divergence
Western Africa
bird
breasts
birds

Keywords

  • African forest robin
  • Gamba complex
  • Moukalaba-Doudou National Park
  • Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Schmidt, B. K., Foster, J. T., Angehr, G. R., Durrant, K. L., & Fleischer, R. C. (2008). A new species of African Forest Robin from Gabon (Passeriformes: Muscicapidae: Stiphrornis). Zootaxa, (1850), 27-42.

A new species of African Forest Robin from Gabon (Passeriformes : Muscicapidae: Stiphrornis). / Schmidt, Brian K.; Foster, Jeffrey T; Angehr, George R.; Durrant, Kate L.; Fleischer, Robert C.

In: Zootaxa, No. 1850, 15.08.2008, p. 27-42.

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Schmidt, BK, Foster, JT, Angehr, GR, Durrant, KL & Fleischer, RC 2008, 'A new species of African Forest Robin from Gabon (Passeriformes: Muscicapidae: Stiphrornis)', Zootaxa, no. 1850, pp. 27-42.
Schmidt BK, Foster JT, Angehr GR, Durrant KL, Fleischer RC. A new species of African Forest Robin from Gabon (Passeriformes: Muscicapidae: Stiphrornis). Zootaxa. 2008 Aug 15;(1850):27-42.
Schmidt, Brian K. ; Foster, Jeffrey T ; Angehr, George R. ; Durrant, Kate L. ; Fleischer, Robert C. / A new species of African Forest Robin from Gabon (Passeriformes : Muscicapidae: Stiphrornis). In: Zootaxa. 2008 ; No. 1850. pp. 27-42.
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